1. Rascal Flatts 'Feels Like' No. 1

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts becomes only the second country <I>group</I> to top The Billboard 200 this week as its third Hollywood set, "Feels Like Today," debuts at No. 1. With U.S. sales of 201,000 copies, accord Rascal Flatts becomes only the second country group to top The…

  2. Capitol/EMI Readies Cole Anniversary CD/DVD

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of crooner Nat King Cole, Capitol/EMI is preparing the worldwide release of a new compilation and a documentary in several different packages. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of crooner Nat King Cole, Capitol/EMI is preparing…

  3. Billboard Bits: G-Unit, Lead Belly, 'ACL' DVDs

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on G-Unit rappers Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, Lead Belly and the 'Live From Austin' DVD series. Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, both signed to 50 Cent's Interscope-affiliated G-Unit record label, will embark on separate fall tours in support of their respective debut…

  4. McFadden, Bedingfield Top U.K. Charts

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Westlife vocalist Brian McFadden started his solo career with a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (Sept. 12), while Natasha Bedingfield followed her recent chart-topping single "These Words" with a b Former Westlife vocalist Brian McFadden started his solo career with a No. 1 U.K.…

  5. Billboard Bits: Romeo, Josh Gracin, Wynonna

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Romeo, Josh Gracin, Wynonna As previously tipped here , teenage rapper/actor Romeo will release his third album, "Romeoland," Sept. 21 via No Limit/Koch Records. The album is led by first single "My Cinderella" featuring Tatyana Ali and Nick Cannon. "I talk a…

  6. Luminaria

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The burden of the contemporary singer/ songwriter is in formulating a sound that is completely unique. The burden of the contemporary singer/ songwriter is in formulating a sound that is completely unique. With "Luminaria," Ian Moore accomplishes just that. Lyrically, the album is…

  7. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of "Car Wash," newly remade by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott, Mavis Staples, Ciara and women on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart AUTO MATIC: For the second time in the rock era, the song "Car Wash"…

  8. JibJab Settles Suit Over Guthrie's 'Land'

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Publishers of Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land is Your Land" and JibJab Media, creators of an animated Internet short that uses the tune in a comic sendup of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry's pre Publishers of Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land is Your Land…

  9. McGraw, Browne To Meet At 'Crossroads'

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw and veteran singer/songwriter Jackson Browne will team up for an episode of the CMT performance series "Crossroads." Tim McGraw and veteran singer/songwriter Jackson Browne will team up for an episode of the CMT performance series "Crossroads." Due to air in…

  10. My Own Best Enemy

    August 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT To say that Richard Marx's "My Own Best Enemy" is a return to form is perhaps misleading; in fact, the prolific singer/songwriter has never faltered in delivering ace-quality melodic fare, for himse To say that Richard Marx's "My Own Best Enemy" is a return to…

  11. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses physical audio formats, the state of radio, song titles and "Australian Idol." MULTIPLE FORMATS Dear Fred, I was in a music store and noticed that a lot of albums are being simultaneously released in two new formats: Super Audio CD and DVD audio. If I buy an…

  12. Accentuate the Positive

    August 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With "Accentuate the Positive," the acclaimed R&B/pop singer finally returns to his jazz roots. With "Accentuate the Positive," the acclaimed R&B/pop singer finally returns to his jazz roots. Tommy LiPuma, who produced Jarreau's 1977 jazz vocal Grammy Award…

  13. Willie's 'Outlaws' Special Heads To CD

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Musical highlights of the third Willie Nelson & Friends television special will be released on CD Sept. 21 via Lost Highway. Musical highlights of the third Willie Nelson & Friends television special will be released on CD Sept. 21 via Lost Highway. Taped May 5 at the Wiltern LG in…

  14. Richard Marx: Far From 'Gone'

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT When Richard Marx first heard his current single on the radio, it wasn't so much the song itself that excited him. It's what the DJ said afterward. When Richard Marx first heard his current single on the radio, it wasn't so much the song itself that excited him. It's what…

  15. Kelly Dominates Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

    August 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly was the big winner last night (Aug. 6) at the Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) 2004 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show. Leading the field of finalists at the outset with eight nominati R. Kelly was the big winner last night (Aug. 6) at the Billboard-American Urban Radio…

  16. Billboard Bits: Usher, Ben Watt, Meat Loaf

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Usher, Ben Watt, Meat Loaf Usher has teamed with MasterCard International and BankFirst for the Usher Raymond IV Debit MasterCard. The card, which features a closeup of the artist's face on the front, allows users to prepay or store money in an account that can be accessed for…

  17. 'Headbanger's Ball' Spawns Second Compilation

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Heavy music is alive and well, thanks to tours like Ozzfest and the MTV2 series "Headbanger's Ball." Heavy music is alive and well, thanks to tours like Ozzfest and the MTV2 series "Headbanger's Ball." The latter is the source of a forthcoming two-disc…

  18. Jackson Accused Of Imprisoning Boy

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family and forced them to make a video absolving him of molestation claims, prosecutors charged today (July 27). The fiery cou Pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family and forced…

  19. The Tangled Web

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Web's Most Intriguing Music-Related Issues & Destinations. This Week: Heart & Morpheus and The Wire's blogs. P2P USERS, TAKE HEART: Veteran rock act Heart is the latest group to test out the peer-to-peer waters in an attempt to use one of the news-making illicit networks…

  20. Lazy Afternoon

    July 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Regina Belle is well-known by the R&B/pop rank and file. She has scored two No. 1 R&B hits ("Baby Come to Me," "Make It Like It Was"). Regina Belle is well-known by the R&B/pop rank and file. She has scored two No. 1 R&B hits ("Baby Come to Me," …

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